Before you ask why I am reviewing an old film, I’ll explain.
I have one of those annoying summer colds, and while I nurse my Lemsip and tissues, I wanted to watch something just for fun. This film fitted the bill perfectly.
I’d go so far as to say it is one of my favourite, most-watched movies, right alongside The Lord of the Rings series, and the original Star Wars. It always makes me laugh, even though I know the lines back to front by now.
If you enjoy fun films and you’ve never seen it – all I can say is, you should.
Here’s the original movie trailer, just for a taster:
For 15 years, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenneger) has been living a double life. As an earnest computer salesman, he’s a safe but unexciting husband for legal secretary Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis).
But Harry has another name, and another job, and when Helen wishes for a more thrilling life, little does she know what’s about to come her way…
The opening Bond-esque sequence is wonderfully over-the-top, and Harry’s team all make their mark, especially his many-times divorced foil, ‘Gib’ Gibson (Tom Arnold).
Never paying much attention to political correctness (yay for that!) with a stereotypical Arab terrorist (superb OTT ham job by Art Malik), a beautiful but moral-free art dealer and a large cast of ‘shreddies’, the superb cast romp through the chases, fights, explosions and more gentle moments, never missing the chance for a great gag or one-liner.
Favourite scenes: too many to mention. If I was forced to pick, it would be the horse chase through the hotel (yes, you heard that right), and Arnie’s attempts at a nonchalant take off in a Harrier Jump Jet.
Helen: “Have you ever killed anyone?”
Harry: “Yeah, but they were all bad!”
Jamie Lee Curtis does a fabulous job of playing a gawky housewife, and a truly awesome performance of a woman willing to do whatever it takes to save her marriage, provided it stays within the bounds of propriety. Her nearly naked dance is something to behold – oh, for legs like that!
And not to forget that she packs a mean left hook.
Great pacing, great plot (absurd, yes, but all the threads hang together), great actors; this film has it all.
And it wasn’t until I re-watched it last night, that I even noticed the director: James Cameron, of (amongst many other things) the Terminator movies, Aliens, Titanic, and Avatar. Wow.
Finally, let’s not forget the tangos that showcase this movie, start and end…
I suspect this may have something to do with my love of spy stories, but if you want a laugh, this could be the movie for you.
Anyone else love this film?